Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Amanda and I just got back from a week-long visit to Wabash, Indiana. It is my father's hometown and where we spent the first two years of our lives. It's also the first electrically lit city. I love it. So much history and little hidden treasures. 

One of which is this antique store that we'd somehow never checked out before. It's arranged like a building full of junk. But the further you go up, the more amazing it gets. The ceilings are caving in, the floors are soft, the staircases are blocked off with CAUTION tape (yet still accessible?) There was a fire a couple stories up--honesty, I don't know how it's not condemned! There were rooms and rooms overflowing with vinyls. Thousands. You can't even imagine without seeing it. It was scary and beautiful!

Silk Blouse: Thrifted
Flannel Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Oxfords: Bass (via Amazon.com)

We both really love wandering around this town. It feels so nostalgic. They have the most wonderful historic theatre, restored inn, used bookstore, cemetery, parks and a cozy coffee shop named after a '40s circus elephant that got loose and ran through the building that now holds it's name. (Modoc's) A second home.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Print Shop Now Open!


I'm excited to say that my print shop is now open on Etsy!  I've yet to list prints of my paintings, as I'm not sure where I should get them printed (it's so expensive!), but I'll have painting prints up as soon as I can sort the actual printing them part out. :)


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Favorite Places in Nashville for Vintage

A list of some of my favorite places to shop vintage, all located in Nashville, Tennessee. Enjoy!

Located in East Nashville,  I have to say, overall it's my favorite shop that sells primarily vintage clothing.  The selection is pretty big and the prices are reasonable (e.g. dresses $20-$35, tops $10-$20), especially compared to many of the other vintage clothing shops in Nashville.  The first time I visited Hip Zipper, I didn't like it at all-- I couldn't find a single thing I wanted to buy.  I thought I'd never return after that experience, but lo and behold I did, and every time since the first visit, I've walked out with something!

After hearing so many good things about Local Honey, I walked into their shop for the first time a couple of weeks ago.  They have a good selection of vintage, as well as a few items from local designers.  The prices were decent (e.g. dresses were about $40+), but nothing to write home about.  I found a few things I would have liked to own, but alas, my pockets were empty and I couldn't really justify spending $40+ on a dress at that moment.  They did have some beautiful accessories, including some pretty floral crowns made by Lauren!

Every time I walk into Savant, I am overcome with a feeling of awe at the beautiful collection of vintage the shop owner has for sale!  Some of the most gorgeous vintage clothing these eyes have seen have been hanging on the racks of this shop.  The prices are very expensive, the reason I have yet to buy anything from Savant, but perhaps I'll buy my wedding dress here or something?  

Probably one of the best kept secrets... the Gas Lamp Antique Mall is located behind a Staples, making it hardly visible from the main road.  It is HUGE and from the outside I never could have guessed just how large it is.  There are hundreds of booths brimming with fantastic antiques, but you'll have to walk through the many hallways (they have 'street' names to help you out) of this treasure trove to find the booths selling vintage clothing-- and there are quite a few.  One of my favorite spots!

I have to admit, initially I was a bit put off by the outward appearance of the Downtown Antique Mall, but as soon as I stepped inside, i was pleasantly surprised!  It's a very nostalgic and somehow calming place to be.   Plus, it's never crowded.  I found one of my favorite vintage dresses here-- in fact, it was the first vintage dress I ever purchased (a peach 40s dress, with beautiful beading and silk leaves-- i was also told the story of where it came from by the lady who sold it to me).

If you want a really good deal on a large selection of vintage, the Nashville Flea Market is your ticket!  That is, if you don't mind A LOT of walking and have a tremendous amount of patience (the fair grounds are ginormous).  There is a lot of vintage, but there is a lot more of everything else, not to mention-- a lot of junk. The flea market is held on the fourth weekend of each month.  

This shop is the cutest!  Newly opened in a project being called the 'idea hatchery' in East Nashville.  Basically, the idea hatchery is a collection of teeny tiny shops (seriously, the first photo shows the entire shop) that gives artists an affordable space to create/sell their ideas in a happenin' spot in town-- brilliant!  Goodbye Girls is run by a pretty pair of young ladies and is the most affordable vintage shop I've yet to come across (many things at the prices you might find at Goodwill).  They also have a small rack in the middle of the shop with new clothing, also very well priced.  Naturally, they don't have the biggest selection of clothing, but what there is, is definitely worth checking out.

Retro, psychedelic, bright, kitschy, fun, adorable, colorful... words you might use to describe this highly enjoyable shop!  Good times with good friends, enjoying all this shop has to offer... 

Making  memories to last a lifetime.... priceless. :')

Friday, September 2, 2011


It's funny that i haven't made a post about this yet! I made a book of some of my favorite Polaroids, a while ago. Here is a 15 page preview. The full book contains 40 of my photographs along with the cover image. Please take a look! It is also available for purchase, below.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Steven Alan Fall Lookbook

Do you hear that muffled whine? That is the sound of me weeping, as I give up on all things related to style and step out in t-shirts I've ruined with scissors, for the rest of my life. A little less literal, but you get the point. Here, my friends, is the beauty that is Steven Alan for the Autumn season. (The best season, obviously.)

The above photos feature a few of my favorite outfits in the current lookbook. Not to mention the perfect single items not shown here (shoes and button-downs *drool*). If I could promise my entire life's wardrobe devotion to one place, I would probably choose Steven Alan. At least in this temporary moment of weakness. Too bad their items are about 10x more than I may be able to afford. Oh, how trivial the budget!

At least I can still dream out loud via text via blogging via the internet.

Please forgive my melodrama.

<3 Kate

It Happened One Night (1934)

  One of my very favorite movies!  Starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable-- I couldn't think of a better pair to play their parts.  'It Happened One Night' is about an heiress named Ellie (Claudette Colbert) who runs away from her overbearing father and his attempts at convincing her to annul her recent marriage to King Westley. When she can take no more of his griping, she jumps the boat she was forced onto and attempts to take a bus to New York, back to her husband.  Along the way, she runs into Peter Warne (Clark Gable), an egocentric ex-news reporter, who recognizes her immediately. Aware that her father is looking for her, he gives her two choices-- as a man stole her money earlier, he agrees to help her get to Westley if he can write an exclusive on her, or he'll give her up to her father.  She agrees to the first choice and the movie follows them through their adventures to arrive in New York... (did i make this sound exciting?!?!  well, if i didn't, you should watch it anyway!!)

Watch the whole movie here!

I also adore her outfit!  
One of my favorite scenes from the movie :')